Monaco Grand Prix Open To Everyone

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix Open To Everyone

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The government has announced today that anyone can attend the 78th Grand Prix from May 20 to 23.

However, foreign visitors, spouses of employees in Monaco, and residents of the Alpes-Maritimes and Var must provide a negative PCR test taken with less than 72 hours to access the stands.

Only Monegasques and Monaco residents, employees and students will have access without having to produce a PCR test result.

Tickets are available for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday although stands will be limited to 40% capacity (some 7,500 people a day). On Friday, only the K and T stands will be accessible and limited to 3,000 people—but for free.

For the E-Prix on May 8, the same rules apply as to the Historic Grand Prix—only Monaco residents, employees and hotel guests will be able to attend, with a maximum of 6,500 people in the stands (one-third of capacity). Access to balconies will be limited to one person per linear meter. For yachts, there is a cap of 12 people. The sale and consumption of alcohol is prohibited in public.

In Monaco, in the week of April 26 to May 2, there were 3,262 PCR and antigen tests carried out for residents and non-residents with a positivity rate of 1.72%. The incidence rate has fallen from 86.05 per 100,000 people last week to 65.19.

As France comes out of its third confinement, the Alpes-Maritimes currently has the lowest incidence rate in the country at 167 (as of May 3) with a positivity rate of 4.9%. These encouraging figures could be due to the fact that 30% of the department has had at least one vaccination shot.

From today, wearing a mask outdoors in the department has been relaxed under some circumstances, including in urban green spaces like parks, gardens and landscaped areas, along the coast on beaches or around lakes. But there remains some ambiguity. For example, beachgoers in Nice can forego a mask, while people walking on the Promenade des Anglais cannot.

Minister of health Oliver Veran commented this morning on Europe 1 that he “sincerely hopes” that people in France will no longer have to wear mask outdoors “this summer.”

Recent figures comparing vaccination campaigns in Europe revealed that 50.83% people in the U.K. have received at least one dose, compared to 24.82% in Germany, 23.73% in Italy and 23.16% in France.

The record for most injections in one day goes to Germany (one million recorded on April 28), followed by the U.K. (847,000), France (549,199), Spain (447,000) and Italy (451,000).

In terms of percentage of the populated vaccinated daily, France comes in last at 0.58%. Hungary heads the EU with 1.3%, with Germany (0.78%), Spain (0.75%) and the U.K. (0.74%) chasing the lead.


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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.